Final

Saints 20

(5-6, 2-4 away)

Eagles 33

(8-3, 4-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
NO 0 7 7 620
PHI 10 10 3 1033

QB tosses for 259 yards, 2 TDs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb's passing is just fine. His dance moves need work.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Saints: How damaging was this loss for the Saints' playoff hopes?
This was an extremely damaging loss for their playoff hopes. They haven't played consistently at all this season and it's hurting them down the stretch of the season. It's a mystery as to why this team is playing so erratically. They have a great running game and a solid passing attack, but can't seem to get all the components moving in the right direction.

Question on the Eagles: Do you attribute Donovan McNabb's success to improved health or the play calling?
McNabb's success is due to his improved health. He's a great quarterback and his previously injured thumb was detrimental to his play. Now that it's healthy, he's returned to his previously outstanding play.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

McNabb completed 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their sixth straight victory, 33-20 over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

New Orleans' Deuce McAllister had 184 yards rushing, including TD runs of 76 and 22 yards, for his eighth straight game with more than 100 yards. Aaron Brooks threw for 287 yards for the Saints, who had won four of five.

McNabb, the NFL's worst-rated passer through six games, has been outstanding in the last five games, completing 93 of 142 passes (65.5 percent) for 1,224 yards and six TDs.

His 2-yard TD toss to Jon Ritchie in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles a 33-14 lead. McNabb ran toward Philadelphia's sideline after the pass, threw his arms in the air and kicked his right leg out. The silly gyration didn't seem as though it'll catch on.

"That was for Michael Jackson," McNabb said. "We have a lot fun during the week."

The Eagles (8-3) have won eight of nine after starting the season with consecutive losses at home. The two-time NFC East champions are tied with Dallas for first place. They'll play the Cowboys in Philadelphia on Dec. 7.

"The first two games were abominations," Ritchie said. "We did a terrible job as a team. We didn't have to do anything to respond other than work harder."

Desperate to stay in the playoff race, New Orleans (5-6) committed three key turnovers, including one in Philadelphia's end zone in the first quarter.

After a 23-yard screen pass from Brooks to McAllister put the ball at Philadelphia's 1, McAllister was stopped on first down, even though the head linesman originally ruled he scored. On second down, Brooks fumbled before handing off to McAllister, and Troy Vincent recovered in the end zone for a touchback for the Eagles.

One play after McNabb scrambled 34 yards to the Saints 15, Brian Westbrook ran 15 yards for a TD to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead.

"The turnovers beat us," Saints coach Jim Haslett said.

The Saints, who rallied from a 20-3 first-half deficit to beat Atlanta 23-20 in overtime last week, trailed 17-0 late in the second quarter. A 6-yard TD pass from Brooks to Boo Williams cut Philadelphia's lead to 17-7, but David Akers kicked his second of four field goals to make it 20-7 at halftime.

After the Saints turned the ball over for the third time on the opening possession of the third quarter, Akers hit another field goal to give the Eagles a 23-7 lead.

"It's frustrating," Brooks said. "We just have to keep playing as hard as we can."

On the Saints' next play, McAllister burst up the middle and ran 76 yards for his longest career TD. A penalty nullified New Orleans' successful 2-point conversion and the Saints settled for an extra point that cut Philadelphia's lead to 23-14.

McAllister had 173 yards rushing and a franchise-record 237 all-purpose yards against the Falcons last week. He has rushed for more than 100 yards a league-best 16 times since the start of last season.

"We moved the ball effectively, but had too many turnovers," McAllister said.

Correll Buckhalter's 1-yard TD run gave the Eagles a 17-0 lead with 2:38 left in the second quarter. The Eagles got the ball at midfield after Nate Wayne sacked Brooks, forcing a fumble that was recovered by N.D. Kalu.

Akers had field goals of 36, 41, 42 and 33 yards.< ^Notes: McNabb hasn't thrown an interception in his last 124 attempts, spanning four games. ... The Eagles were without All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins (foot) and Pro Bowl cornerback Bobby Taylor (foot). ... Pinkston's 48-yard catch on the game's first play was his only reception and gave him more yards than he had in all but one game this season. ... McNabb's first pass gave him 13 consecutive completions going back to last week's game against the Giants, tying Bobby Hoying's team record. ... Saints CB Dale Carter left the game with a right quad injury in the first quarter and didn't return. WR/KR Michael Lewis left with a sprained right ankle in the third quarter and also didn't come back. ... Westbrook has nine TDs (six rushing, two receiving and one punt return), most by an Eagles player since RB Ricky Watters had 13 in 1996.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERNOPHI
noTD13:09Deuce McAllister, 76 yd run
Drive info: 1 plays, 76 yds, 0:00
1323
no13:09
Drive info: 1 plays, 76 yds, 0:00
1423
phiFG13:52David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -2 yds, 0:50
723
SECOND QUARTERNOPHI
noTD1:51Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 72 yds, 0:42
617
FOURTH QUARTERNOPHI
phiTD5:34Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 2:23
1432
SECOND QUARTERNOPHI
phiTD3:30Correll Buckhalter, 1 yd run
Drive info: 5 plays, 50 yds, 1:58
016
no1:51
Drive info: 3 plays, 72 yds, 0:42
717
FOURTH QUARTERNOPHI
phi5:34
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 2:23
1433
SECOND QUARTERNOPHI
phi3:30
Drive info: 5 plays, 50 yds, 1:58
017
FOURTH QUARTERNOPHI
noTD3:47Deuce McAllister, 22 yd run
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 0:54
2033
FIRST QUARTERNOPHI
phiTD4:31Brian Westbrook, 15 yd run
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 2:39
09
phiFG12:12David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yds, 3:23
03
phi4:31
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 2:39
010
SECOND QUARTERNOPHI
phiFG0:09David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 42 yds, 0:51
720
FOURTH QUARTERNOPHI
phiFG11:30David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yds, 13:41
1426